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The power of deepfake tech to hone digital effects into incredibly realistic video can’t be underestimated. We’ve seen a top-level Tom Cruise impersonator transformed with a high-level deepfake artist, and now companies — and film studios — are taking notice.
The YouTuber's Luke Skywalker deepfake was so good he earned himself a job.
DeepFake technology has been around for a few years now, and it's pretty amazing, all things considered. But how does it work, exactly?
Digital recreations of young Mark Hamill and old Peter Cushing in recent Star Wars productions were well-received but still somewhat uncanny, and soon outclassed by fan efforts using a new technology: artificial intelligence. The most impressive work was Shamook's, and it's gotten him a job at the legendary special-effects outfit. — Read the rest
Shamook's deepfake was so good he earned himself a job at Industrial Light and Magic.
A YouTuber who improved upon The Mandalorian‘s CGI’d (and highly scrutinized) Luke Skywalker cameo wound up with a job at Lucasfilm. An artisan in “the latest and best in Deep Fake technology,” the YouTuber known as Shamook shared the news in a comment on their latest deepfake (of Robert Pattinson as The Batman), saying that [
Luke Skywalker's CGI face in the character's The Mandalorian cameo was met with a lot of criticism, and fans even tried to fix the scene with various tools and programs. One of those fans did so well, Lucasfilm has hired him to help it ensure its upcoming projects won't feature underwhelming de-aging and facial visual effects. That fan is a YouTuber known as Shamook, who uses deepfake technology to improve upon bad CG effects and to put actors in shows and movies they never starred in.
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One fan who goes by Shamook on YouTube attempted to "fix" Lucasfilm's footage of the scene using deepfake technology and did a spectacular job. He posted his version in a side-by-side comparison last December, and it went viral, gathering over 2.2 million views (above). It still has that uncanny valley
Lucasfil officially hires YouTuber Shamook after improving "The Mandalorian" using deepfake.